Apparently the shortlist with the cars that can win this title has been revealed and finally we were able to know which are the best cars that can be seen in this competition.
When it comes to front runners we must mention Tesla Model S and Mercedes S-Class.
At the beginning the list contained 32 nominees and now it has been shortened up to only 7 cars. The cars that can win the competition, in alphabetical order, are:
1. BMW i3
2. Citroen C4 Picasso
3. Mazda 3
4. Mercedes Benz S Class
5. Peugeot 308
6. Skoda Octavia
7. Tesla Model S.
This list has been analysed by 58 judges from 22 different European countries and they are going to choose the winner as well, after testing the cars. The European Car of the Year is going to be announced at the Geneva Motor Show, on March 3.
The cars were analysed according to several criteria such as their aspect, performances, power and even fuel economy. Each of them had pros and cons, but all in all these are the best cars that were produced in Europe this year.
If you are curious to know more about each car then you can visit the official websites of the companies and you can even choose your favourite vehicle on forums. Unfortunately the only opinion that matters is the judges’ one and they are going to be extremely attentive in order to ensure that they have made the right choice.
If you own one of these cars then I am sure that you can’t wait to find out the results because not only that you are going to know for sure that you have made the right choice, but you will also feel a lot of pride while driving the vehicle of the year.
When the winner is going to be revealed we are going to offer you its name and even more details about its specification and special features. Until then all you have to do is wait and keep reading about this topic.
After revealing the sedan version of the long awaited Octavia, Skoda has now blown the covers on the more practical Combi version. Unveiled at the end of last year, the sedan model features an evolutionary design with a prominent grille, sloping roofline, new headlights and taillights and a distinctive rear door “fin”. Both versions are 45mm wider and 90mm longer than their predecessor and they also come with an 110mm longer wheelbase.
The Combi version offers 610 liters of cargo space with the rear seats up while with the rear seats folded, available boot space is increased to 1740 liters.
The interior cabin features a restrained design which is both attractive and functional. Among some of the notable highlights, the new Octavia showcases a three-spoke steering wheel, metallic trim, updated infotainment systems and an optional panorama glass roof. Customers can also opt for Adaptive Cruise Assistant, Automatic Parking Assistant as well as for the Intelligent Light Assistant which automatically switches the high-beam headlights off when oncoming traffic is detected.
Under the bonnet, Skoda offers nine different engines, four of which are petrols, four diesels and last but not least a natural gas variant.
Both the sedan and combi versions will be available either with a “modern manual” or a DSG transmission, regardless of the engine selected. Front wheel drive will be standard, but optional the 4×4 variant will boast the new fifth-gen Haldex coupling also featured on the Golf VII 4Motion.
Skoda officials have released more info about the new Rapid compact sedan. It is the first model to show Skoda’s new design style. Being positioned between the Fabia and the Octavia, the the 5-seater Rapid measures 4.48 meters in length and 1.7 meters in width. The Skoda Rapid appears identical to the MissionL concept, mainly due to the front lamps, door handles, roof panel and wheels but we won’t judge.
After its public debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, the Rapid will have its market launch in Europe starting from the autumn 2012. It is an A segment vehicle which which means it is in the area of the 36 percent of the world’s automobile market. Within this class, sedans have a share of around 42 percent.
The main customer target of the Skoda Rapid are families that are looking for a spacious first car with an affordable price. According to industry experts, the number of A segment sedans that are sold worldwide will rise to around 50 percent by the year 2020.
Skoda has released a sporty kit for the new, facelifted Skoda Fabia hatchback that was dubbed “Race Package” and will be available on the German market. The Race Package features a new body kit which consists of a new front spoiler, side skirts and a new apron for the rear bumper with an integrated diffuser.
The sporty look of the Skoda Fabia Facelift Race Package is further enhanced by the white colored rood, chrome exhaust tail pipe cover and special race flag graphics on the car’s sides. The new Fabia hatch also received a sports suspension system that brings the car closer to the ground and a new set of 17″ alloys.
This package will be available only for the versions equipped with the 1.2L petrol engine with 68 HP or the 1.2L TSI petrol engine with 85 HP. The 68 HP model will start from 15,560 Euros ($19,000) while the 85 HP version will start from 16,810 Euros ($20,500).
Skoda will showcase two special versions of their new Skoda Fabia RS and Octavia RS at the Worthersee Tour 2010 next week. These special versions will get a plus with the RS and will feature a couple of styling enhancements that make them a lot sportier than the regular models.
The Skoda Fabia RS+ is inspired from the S2000 rally model and will be wrapped in a two tone vinyl with green alloy wheels. The car will also come with a new aerodynamics package that consists of a new front spoiler, side skirts, a new rear diffuser and a new bonnet with air vents. Inside, the Fabia RS+ will get a sportier trim and new sport bucket seats.
The Skoda Octavia RS+ will get almost the same upgrades as the Fabia RS+ with a sportier aerodynamics package, new green alloy wheels and a refined interior. These special cars will be only conceptual and we will get more details about them at next week’s Worthersee.
Skoda has unveiled today a new sports version of the Fabia and Fabia Combi which was dubbed vRS and features a unique engine and several styling and performance upgrades. The vRS models will come with new front and rear bumpers, a rear diffuser, red brake calipers and a contrasting color scheme.
The cars will be powered by a twin turbocharged 1.4L four cylinder engine that is able to produce 180 HP and it’s connected to a seven speed DSG transmission. With this engine, the sports version of the Fabia will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and it could reach a top speed of 225 km/h for the normal model and 227 km/h for the estate. The new turbocharged engine is not only more powerful than the stock engine but it’s also more fuel efficient and delivers a fuel consumption of 6.4l/100 km (44.1 mpg US).
The Fabia vRS also received a sports suspension system and an electronic XDS differential which improves the car’s handling and cornering agility. The car’s interior features height adjustable sports seats, stainless steel pedals and a sports steering wheel with paddle shifters.
In a couple of weeks all automakers will bring their latest projects to the Geneva Motor Show. The Volkswagen Group has a lot of surprises for fans and they have many new cars to reveal. One of them is the new Skoda Fabia Scout, an impressive ride based on the existing Fabia Kombi wagon.
The jacked-up Fabia joins scout versions of the Octavia, Roomster and the new Yeti crossover that Skoda will be unveiling in production form at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Fabia Scout will stand out from the crowd with the body cladding and bigger wheels. The car will have six different engines – three gasoline and three diesels and it’s has 1460 liters of cargo room with the rear seats folded flat.